Date/Time Event
Saturday, 24th June
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Lowdham Book Festival's "last Saturday" bookfair and events for adults and children

Throughout the day the Village Hall hosts a café run by mmm… deli. The book fair is spread over the Village Hall, a marquee behind the hall, and assorted gazebos. It features
publishers, charities, book trade organisations, booksellers with new and second-hand books, and cards. Free author talks and talks about books will go on throughout the day.

Talks include: Michael Eaton on Charlie Peace, James Wright on historic graffiti, Eleanor Morgan on spiders, Martyn Bennett on Oliver Cromwell, Trish Nicholson on storytelling, Deirdre O’Byrne on Jane Austen and masculinity,  and there will be readings from Henry Normal, Mahsuda Snaith, Anthony Cartwright, Peter Bland, Rennie Parker, Deborah Tyler-Bennett.

The children’s tent will feature storytelling and music on the theme of fairy tales.

Entry is FREE to the book fair and all events. No tickets required. More information about Lowdham Book Festival here…

Venue: Lowdham Book Festival, Lowdham Nottinghamshire
Monday, 26th June
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Five Leaves Book Group, discussing I Saw Ramallah by Mourid Barghouti

I-Saw-Ramallah-by-Mourid-Barghouthi-book-coverIn 1966, the Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti, then 22, left his home in Ramallah to return to university in Cairo. The Six-Day War prevented him returning to his homeland for 30 years. This book is his account of his homecoming to a city changed beyond recognition, and his journey through the Occupation-scarred city, revisiting his home, familiar haunts, and family. He must come to terms with his years of exile and his permanent homeless status.

Does “this eloquent, incisive book [make] you want to quote large chunks of it”? Is it “a book that sheds light on Palestine, and … an insight into the lives of people denied a home”? Does it “do more to raise sympathy for the Palestinian cause than a thousand suicide bombs”?

Free, refreshments provided. Please let us know if you’re coming.

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 29th June
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Poetry Launch: Mr Universe by Rich Goodson, with Maria Taylor and Roy Marshall



Rich Goodson’s debut chapbook Mr Universe is out in June 2017 from Eyewear.

​His work’s been described by George Szirtes as: “convincing and compulsive, original, adroit and dramatically exciting.”

In Mr Universe you’ll find his poem ‘Pine’ which won the Stonewood Prize in the Aurora Writing Competition 2016 (judged by Pascale Petit). You’ll also find ‘Daniel Craig: The Screensaver’ which was quoted in The Observer newspaper and is anthologised in The Poetry Of Sex (Penguin) and others which have appeared in print magazines such as The Interpreter’s House and Under The Radar.

Rich is joined by fellow poets Maria Taylor (Melanchrini, Nine Arches) and Roy Marshall (The Sun Bathers, Shoestring).

Free, refreshments provided. Please let us know you’re coming.

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 6th July
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Poetry from the East Midlands, with Nick Jones, Maxine Linnell and Marilyn Ricci
encouterNick Jones, a doctor from Nottingham will be launching his first collection, Encounter, a deceptively simple book rich in experience and imagery, He will be joined by Maxine Linnell and Marilyn Ricci, both writers being from Leicester and members of the Soundswrite women’s poetry group. The core of Maxine’s This Dust is about the life and sudden death of her adult son, while Marilyn looks back to her parents’ lives in the print and hosiery industry. Between them they embrace the themes of joy, love, loss, and working lives.
Free, refreshments provided
Please let us know you are coming on


Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Monday, 10th July
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Kate Evans visits "The Jungle", an illustrated talk
ThreadsKate Evans is the creator of our best-selling graphic novel, Red Rosa. In her new book Threads: from the refugee crisis the combines eyewitness reportage with the medium of comic-book storytelling in calling for the compassionate treatment of refugees. She tells the stories of the refugees she met in Calais and elsewhere, drawing out the fears of war, terrorism and “the other” that have overwhelmed the world.
Kate is a lively and fascinating speaker.
Entry: £3, including refreshments (free entry for refugees and asylum seekers)
Advance booking essential on


Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Tuesday, 11th July
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Joanne Limburg: The Autistic Alice

The Autistic AliceJoanne Limburg will be in conversation with independent publisher Ross Bradshaw of Five Leaves and reading from The Autistic Alice (Bloodaxe), her latest collection which examines her own experience of autism and the loss by suicide of her brother.

 Joanne has published poetry, fiction and non-fiction for both adults and children. Her memoir, The Woman Who Thought Too Much, explored her experience of OCD and anxiety. She has recently completed a PhD in Creative Writing at Kingston University, on the subject of sibling suicide loss. Her creative project Small Pieces: A Book of Lamentations will be published by Atlantic Books this July.

£8 / £6
Booking advised
Adults. 16+ (Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult)

Venue: West Bridgford Library, Nottingham
Wednesday, 19th July
6:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Chess with Peter Mortimer, followed by Chess Traveller, Random Games on the Road

ChessNottingham exile Peter Mortimer writes extreme travel books (Yemen, anybody?) but here he takes to the road armed only with a chess set, challenging random strangers to a game.

At 6.00 we’ll get out a bunch of chess sets for some random games with Peter and others. Whatever your ability…

At 7.15 Peter will talk about being a “chess traveller” and his meetings with people on his assorted travels in mundane and exciting places.

Entry: £3 including refreshements.

You can attend both parts of the event or the second one only, but let us know you are coming on


Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 20th July
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Outskirts, living life on the edge of the Green Belt, an illustrated talk by John Grindrod

OutskirtsEverybody knows of the Green Belt, but it doesn’t appear on maps, it is not signposted. The Green Belt – whose aim was to stop urban spread – has been and is becoming more of a political battle ground fought over by developers, environmentalists, politicians and farmers.

Where did the idea come from? What do people do there (golfing and dogging is only the start).  Popular architectural writer John Grindrod grew up on the edge of the Green Belt near Croydon. His brother developed agrophobia in that great expanse. This is at once a talk on social history and the place where the natural world meets the built environment.

In association with The Twentieth Century Society (East Midlands)

Entry £3 including refreshments

Please let us know you are coming on


Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Sunday, 23rd July
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
John Lucas at 80!

john600Please join poets, jazz musicians, publishers and readers in celebrating John Lucas (of Shoestring Press) getting on a bit.

Free, refreshments provided.

Advance booking essential on


Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Tuesday, 25th July
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
logo-divercityResearchers at Middlesex University have been researching the lives of LGBT people in Nottingham, and public attitudes towards the LGBT world as a way of preventing and combating homophobia and transphobia.
At this session the researchers will present their initial findings drawn from interviews, surveys and focus groups in the city.
This event will be of interest to anyone concerned with diversity.
For more information on the project see
Free, refreshments provided.
Please let us know you are coming on


Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Monday, 31st July
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Five Leaves Book Group, discussing Naomi Alderman's Power
The PowerSpeculative fiction… often compared to The Handmaid’s Tale.
A feminist dystopia
We don’t mind where you get the book from (though we offer 15% off book group books), libraries, friends or other bookshops but we do ask you to read the book in advance.
Free, refreshments provided
Please let us know you are coming on


Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 10th August
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Boy with Perpetual Nervousness, with Graham Caveney
We are pleased to support our former worker Graham in launching his memoir, published by Picador, at Nottingham Contemporary.
Graham’s story is of a Norhern working class boy of Irish descent whose obsession with music and whose love affair with books enables him to see beyond the world that restricted him. But it is also a tale of abuse. The story is told with unflinching honesty and humour.
Graham is currently running a cinema course at Broadway and is planning a Southern Gothic course at Nottingham Contemporary.
Thank you to Nottingham Contemporary for hosting this event.
Free, refreshments provided followed by cash bar.
Please let us know you are coming on


Venue: Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham
Wednesday, 4th October
12:00 am
Viking Economics - how the Scandinavians got it right and how we can to, with George Lakey
Perhaps the most fun economics presentation you’ll hear… George Lakey explores the inner workings of the Nordic economies that boast the world’s happiest, most productive workers, and explains how, if we can enact some of the changes the Scandinavians fought for surprisingly recently, we, too, can embrace equality in our economic policy.
George Lakey lectures at the Quaker Swarthmore College and is making a rare visit to the UK.
In association with Nottingham Society of Friends (Quakers) as part of the national Quaker Week.
Entry: £3.00, including refreshments
Advance booking essential on



Venue: Friends Meeting House, Nottingham Nottinghamshire
Saturday, 21st October
12:00 am
Dayschool on "Writing about Trouble" for young adults with Catherine Barter, Alan Gibbons and Bali Rai

Venue and Costs tbc

Saturday, 21st October
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Call Mr. Robeson, a show with Tayo Aluko and Friends

Paul Robeson was a famous actor, singer and civil rights campaigner. Over the years he got progressively too radical and outspoken for the establishment’s liking, he was branded a traitor to his country, harassed, and denied opportunities to perform or travel.

Just as physical, emotional and mental stress threatened to push him over the fine line between genius and madness, he was summoned to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee, to give the most difficult and important performance of his career.

This journey through Robeson’s remarkable life highlights how his pioneering and heroic (but largely forgotten) political activism led many to describe him as the forerunner of the civil rights movement.

This show features much fiery oratory and some of his famous songs, including a dramatic rendition of Ol’ Man River.

Venue: Nottingham Contemporary, Weekday Cross

Tickets: £10/£8.00 from Five Leaves Bookshop


Venue: Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham
Saturday, 28th October
All Day
Trace Elements - writing from the British Irish, and Irish writing about home Conference at Loughborough University

Further Details to be announced

Venue: Loughborough University, Loughborough
Thursday, 9th November
All Day
Five Leaves is Four!
Until the end of the week we are discounting everything in the bookshop by four whole percent. We add a percent each year for our birthday so stick with us… 30% after thirty years. All books are free in, oh, 96 more years!


Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Monday, 27th November
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Five Leaves Book Group - Reservoir 13, by (and with) Jon McGregor
Local writer Jon McGregor’s latest novel is set in Derbyshire and follows the life of a small village, year by year after the disappearance of a visiting teenager.
We’ll discuss the book for the first 45 minutes and then Jon will join us to continue the discussion. This isn’t a reading or performance by Jon, but a book group discussion without and with him!
We don’t mind where you get the book from (though we offer 15% off book group books), libraries, friends or other bookshops but we do ask you to read the book in advance.
Free, refreshments provided
Please let us know you are coming on


Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 30th November
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Five Leaves folk night with Ewan McLennan
Ewan McLennan is a troubador, balladeer and storyteller cut int he old stule, but one of the best guitarists of his generation. His songs are passionate and burning with a desire for social justice. He recently toured with George Monbiot on Breaking the Spell of Loneliness. Tonight he will be singing old and new songs, self-written and traditional.
‘A gorgeous, lilting voice. So moving.’ Mojo Magazine
More information on Ewan -
Yes, he’s Scottish, and yes this is St Andrew’s Day!
Entry: £10/£8
Advance purchase essential over the counter or via 0115 8373097


Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham